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can I stay in Singapore after My Employment Pass is Cancelled

Before this article begins, we at Paul Hype Page & Co would first and foremost like to state that we truly hope the information in this article never applies to you. Cancellation of an Employment Pass (EP) can be a tedious and arduous process. It may even be unnecessary if it turns out that you will be remaining in Singapore after all.

If you are reading this right now, you are probably expecting your own EP to soon be cancelled because your employment in Singapore will soon be ending. For this reason, if you would like to extend your time in Singapore, you will need your EP to be renewed. Fortunately for you, we do indeed provide services which will expedite the process of EP renewal. Through our assistance, we will ensure that you will be able to spend more time in Singapore to allow you to select your next career options.

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On that note, Singapore is a country which is replete with business opportunities. Therefore, you should not be disheartened even though your current employment might be ending soon. This is because you now have the possibility of owning a Singapore-based business yourself. Doing so represents a viable and rewarding career path which will allow you to garner tremendous benefits, whether financial or otherwise.

If you are interested in doing so, you also ought to know that the process of registering and incorporating a company in Singapore can be somewhat difficult. There are many matters which must be addressed during company incorporation in Singapore. However, you can put your mind at ease in this regard because incorporation services are also some of the services which we offer our clients. Our incorporation experts will work with you so that you will be assured of the proper setup of your own Singapore company. Once the company has been established, you will benefit from tremendous freedom of choice as the company owner because you may run the business in any way which you deem suitable.

Now that those matters have been addressed, here is the article itself.

Not every EP holder is interested in being one on a permanent basis. Therefore, some who are EP holders choose to have it cancelled at some point.

However, before making such an important decision, every EP holder ought to know about the details of EP validity in Singapore.

Employment Pass Validity

First-time applicants will find that their EP is valid for up to two years. Existing EP holders who choose to renew their EP will have the validity of their EP extended by three years. Of course, not every application for renewal will be accepted by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM); certain criteria will apply.

For further information on the services which we provide, please proceed to this link.

Reasons for Cancellation of an Employment Pass

There are various reasons why one might choose to have an EP cancelled. Some might do so because they plan to permanently leave Singapore after having resigned or being dismissed from a job. Those who are planning to resign from their job in order to start a business of their own in Singapore as well as those who have resigned or been dismissed from their job and intend to search for a new job in Singapore might also opt for cancellation of their EP.

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Employment Pass Cancellation Procedure

Employment Pass Cancellation Procedure

Those who plan to cancel their Employment Pass may do so through their employer or an authorized immigration agency. They may either do so in person or online; the website to be used is the official website of the Ministry of Manpower.

Incidentally, we at Paul Hype Page & Co are able to provide assistance for all matters related to the EP. If you are a foreigner who is interested in living and working in Singapore, please contact us – we will provide you with advice on how to go about receiving an EP.

Before an EP can be cancelled, its holder must prepare certain documents. The documents needed are the EP itself, related pass holders’ travel documents, as well as their passports. Once these documents are submitted alongside the cancellation form, the cancellation request will be reviewed by the authorities and submitted documents will be examined before the cancellation may take place.

After the EP has been cancelled, the former EP holder will be issued with an acknowledgement letter and a Short Term Visit Pass (STVP) which has a validity period of 30 days validity. Those who have an STVP may only remain in Singapore for as long as it is valid.

After an Employment Pass has been cancelled, all related passes tied to the main pass such as the Dependant’s Pass (DP) and Long Term Visit Pass (LTVT) will be automatically cancelled at the same time. Thus, such DP holders can no longer in Singapore and will also receiver an STVP which will be valid for 30 days.

Those who have received a cancellation acknowledgement letter must return their original work pass and all other related work passes by dropping them at MOM’s office. It is also possible to mail them the passes within seven days of the date of cancellation.

What to Do After Cancellation of an Employment Pass

Most people who have had their EP cancelled will spend the remaining 30 days in Singapore to complete any remaining formalities because the 30-day validity period of the STVP may not be extended. Those who have plans to continue working and living in Singapore may apply for jobs during this period. However, those who are offered a job must apply for a new EP.

Similarly, those who plan to remain in Singapore to set up a business will also be required to apply for an appropriate pass. This is where we at Paul Hype Page & Co offer our services. We offer a package that covers both the processes of company incorporation and EP application. Our fees are among the most reasonable for the many high-quality services which we supply.

Those who violate the terms of the STVP’s validity will be punished accordingly or possibly even deported. Such offenders are also likely to be barred from receiving any further Singapore work passes.

What to Do Before Leaving Singapore

Those who plan to leave Singapore permanently must attend to certain matters. Such people must ensure that all their taxes have been paid; however, their employers will usually assist them with such matters.

Accommodation matters must also be settled. Those who have been renting must inform their landowner, settle any payments, collect their deposit. They must also close accounts with any utility providers and collect any unclaimed deposits.

The banks with which the person leaving has accounts must be notified, as well as any relevant credit card and insurance companies. All payments are to be made before departure.

Those who have dependents in Singapore must also ensure that all institutions to which dependents are attached are appropriately notified.


How long can I stay in Singapore after My Employment Pass is Cancelled FAQs

Can someone who has had an EP cancelled apply for another one?2020-07-02T15:11:48+08:00

There is no law which stipulates that one who has had an EP cancelled cannot apply for another.

Which countries are the most common destinations for those leaving Singapore?2020-07-02T15:11:26+08:00

The five countries which are the preferred destinations of those leaving Singapore are Malaysia, Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Indonesia. These countries account for over 200,000 of the people who leave Singapore every year.

What is Singapore’s net migration rate?2020-07-02T15:10:03+08:00

According to the latest statistics, Singapore’s net migration rate is 13.1. This means that on average, out of every 10,000 people in Singapore, there will be 131 more people entering the country than leaving it. 

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  1. Stephen February 7, 2021 at 10:30 am - Reply

    Hi! Due to Covid and work reasons, and some health (mental) issues, I am back in my home country for a few months but still on my local singapore contract and payroll.
    Question is, I may be staying in my home country for more than 6 months now due to covid.
    Can I check if I remain employed by the Singapore company and local contract but outsourced or seconded to work for our head office while being paid by Singapore, will my EP be cancelled ? Can it remain valid despite that I am working for our head office since I am on local singapore contract and payroll? Thanks!!

  2. Z February 4, 2021 at 11:42 am - Reply

    Hi- my partner’s entrepass renewal was rejected and was originally due to expire on 23rd Feb. Will the STVP start from 23rd Feb or from the date of when the decision was made (i.e. today)? Thanks

  3. Dharmesh January 22, 2021 at 9:44 am - Reply


    I wish to enquire the following:

    1) My EP Renewal got rejected and my existing employer is going to file an Appeal. I understand it takes 3 weeks to get the Appeal outcome. In this period of 3 weeks, provided I get an offer from some other company and this other company (future employer) is ready to file a fresh EP application, can my existing employer withdraw the Appeal before 3 weeks or they have to wait till the Appeal outcome is given by MOM (which can be 3 weeks atleast)

  4. Scott Mattler December 23, 2020 at 8:49 am - Reply

    My EP has been cancelled today, Dec 23rd and I am supposed to receive a Short Term Visit Pass valid until Jan 22nd. I have been offered a new job by a different company, but they have yet to apply for an EP as they must complete the 30-day job posting on the MOM government job website. Will I be able to extend my short term visit pass to stay in Singapore and wait for my EP application results?

  5. RS December 15, 2020 at 1:21 pm - Reply

    My husband’s EP is ending on Dec 31st and I am on a dependent pass and currently working on LOC. After Dec 31st, we will move to STVP. My husband has got a new job and his new company will apply for his EP on Dec 20th. Can his EP be processed before Dec 31st? Can I work on my existing LOC after Dec 31st?

    • Tiwi December 17, 2020 at 10:04 am - Reply

      Hi RS, please be informed that your husband’s new employer can submit his new EP application before current EP is expired.

      The process itself will need a minimum of 1 months. Once his new EP is approved, then you can apply for new DP and LOC. While his previous EP is cancelled, you do not have a DP and LOC. Thus, you should not be working

      Please note that after your work pass is cancelled, you will be given STVP for 30 days to stay in Singapore. If you need further extension, you may request it directly from MOM or ICA.

      Please contact us via Paul Hype Page to discuss further.
      Thank you for your question.
      Warm regards

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